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Gregory S DeFotis
Number of games in database: 40
Years covered: 1968 to 1990
Last FIDE rating: 2390

Overall record: +14 -8 =18 (57.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Uncommon Opening (5) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (7) 
    B93 B53 B98 B21 B91
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
    B93 B92 B91 B98
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   Benko vs G S DeFotis, 1972 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1972)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1972 by Phony Benoni

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(born Dec-08-1951, died Sep-05-2017, 65 years old) United States of America

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Gregory S. DeFotis was a Chicago-area FIDE Master. In 1966, he won the first Illinois High School Students Chess Championship. DeFotis won or tied for first in the U.S. Junior Championship three times. In the US Championship (1972), he tied for sixth with William James Lombardy in a very strong field, scoring +3 =9 -1. He tied for first in the 1973 U.S. Open. After 1973, he largely gave up competitive chess to become a professional bridge and backgammon player. He died on September 5, 2017.

Last updated: 2019-05-09 03:21:25

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 40  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G S DeFotis vs E Winslow  1-043196869th US OpenE72 King's Indian
2. J T Westbrock vs G S DeFotis  0-142196869th US OpenE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
3. G S DeFotis vs Saidy  1-043196869th US OpenA79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3
4. Benko vs G S DeFotis  1-037196869th US OpenE90 King's Indian
5. Randy Mills vs G S DeFotis  ½-½18196869th US OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
6. G S DeFotis vs J Hechtlinger  1-046196869th US OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
7. K Burger vs G S DeFotis  0-158196869th US OpenA26 English
8. G S DeFotis vs Browne  ½-½28196869th US OpenD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Larsen vs G S DeFotis  1-034196869th US OpenB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
10. G S DeFotis vs E Nash  1-046196869th US OpenE20 Nimzo-Indian
11. A Malachi vs G S DeFotis  ½-½341969WchT U26 qual-CB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. G S DeFotis vs D Wright  1-0371969WchT U26 fin-A 16thA10 English
13. J Kent vs G S DeFotis  0-1241971USAA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
14. Benko vs G S DeFotis ½-½181972US ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
15. Kavalek vs G S DeFotis  ½-½271972US ChampionshipA10 English
16. G S DeFotis vs Mednis  0-1421972US ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
17. W Martz vs G S DeFotis  ½-½181972US ChampionshipA10 English
18. G S DeFotis vs Bisguier 1-0311972US ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
19. Larry Evans vs G S DeFotis  ½-½411972US ChampionshipA58 Benko Gambit
20. G S DeFotis vs Lombardy ½-½431972US ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
21. I A Horowitz vs G S DeFotis  0-1391972US ChampionshipB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
22. G S DeFotis vs Popovych  ½-½581972US ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Feuerstein vs G S DeFotis ½-½411972US ChampionshipA80 Dutch
24. G S DeFotis vs Reshevsky ½-½281972US ChampionshipA00 Uncommon Opening
25. Kaufman vs G S DeFotis  0-1421972US ChampionshipB53 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-13-14  jerseybob: Surprising DeFotis doesn't even have the IM title, let alone GM, which he seemed destined for in his early 70's heyday.
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  perfidious: <jerseybob> Maybe less surprising than one would think; for someone who played chiefly in the Midwest in the 1970s and only occasionally made events such as Lone Pine, the chances of making three IM norms within the-then three-year window were small indeed, and GM for even stronger players was only possible, practically speaking, if one went to Europe for a while, as did Jim Tarjan.

Surprising to see the number of common opponents, of which DeFotis' appearance in the 1972 US Championship accounts for several.

Feb-14-14  jerseybob: Perfidious: You're right, but it's been a common story for many promising American players down through the years: Get a Title, or make a living?
Feb-06-17  Howard: Defotis gave up chess for either backgammon or contract bridge--don't recall which.
Sep-07-17  nericp: Bridge - follow this link:
Sep-07-17  Marmot PFL: The problem with bridge is getting four players together for a game. DeFotis asked me once at a tournament to play but I said I was much worse at that game than at chess. Since he had crushed me in the first round in about 20 moves he didn't press the point.
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